The January Divorce Phenomenon

January 16, 2023

Why is January Divorce a Thing?


You’ve probably heard that January is the busiest month for divorces. It’s a trend that’s been happening for years, but why?

It’s Often About the Holidays

Many couples want to avoid ruining the holidays for their kids. They’ll hang in there through the stress and celebrations, and then decide to split after New Year’s. That’s why so many divorces happen in January. Sometimes they do it for the kids, so that the kids can enjoy the holidays. They do not want to tell the kids in the height of holiday revelry.

Holiday Stress Leads to January Divorce

The holidays are already a busy time, but being around each other more can make existing problems even bigger. Throw in family visits and money worries, and it’s easy for things to blow up.

Some People Wait for Tax Reasons

Sometimes, couples try for one last tax season as a married unit. Filing jointly has some benefits, but it can also be complicated in a divorce. But they wait so they can file as a married couple, and change their withholdings at the beginning of the year.

New Year = Time For a Change

January also means a fresh start for many people. If someone’s been thinking about divorce for while, the new year might be their moment to finally act and create the life they want.

So Why Am I Talking About January Divorce?

I’m a divorce lawyer, and I help people navigate these situations without destroying each other. With my firm, Flat Fee Divorce Solutions, I make the process simple and affordable. Here’s why that matters:

  • You can work things out amicably: When couples can talk and agree on how to split their stuff and handle the kids, the divorce is smoother for everyone, especially the children.
  • I’m the only lawyer, I draft all the paperwork and handle everything myself, so it’s efficient: You’re not paying for a whole staff, just for my expertise. This keeps costs down while ensuring you get high-quality support.
  • Fast and peaceful is what I do: Divorces don’t have to drag out forever. I focus on ending things respectfully so you can start your new chapter.

The Bottom Line

There are many reasons divorces spike in January. If you’re facing this situation, know that you have options. You can fight it out in court, or you can choose a better path. If you’re thinking of divorce reach out to my office either through my website or by calling me. I want to help you reach your new you, new place this year.

Disclaimer: While this blog post offers general information, it is not a substitute for professional legal advice. Please note that reading this content does not create an attorney-client relationship. Consult with an attorney to discuss your specific legal needs.